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Is modelling a good career?

Hi! My name is Anina and I'm a high school senior interning at CareerVillage. One of my friends received a modelling offer, and is considering taking it. We wondered together whether modelling was plausible as a lifetime career. When you get older, can you still find a job as a model? Do you have to have a backup career? #fashion #modeling

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Sarah’s Answer

Hi Anina,


modelling is a job like all the others, so it has it's pros and cons but before we get into that, let me advise you on the following: Was it a genuine offer from a renowned or well respected agency? Just want to add that thought as there are many shady ones out there.
A good agency will INVEST IN YOU and won't require any money for your initial portfolio. Because ultimately they will earn with your success and make the initial investment back - portfolio of photos, different test shoots etc.
You won't necessarily make money right away because you need to build up your portfolio, which means a lot of jobs will have little to no money at first and then it will rise if you're successful.
Be prepared that you need to watch your weight, have a good workout and that you need to go to different castings where you need to pre-pay your travel expenses in some cases. But I'd always recommend to think about a plan B as you go - breaking through like the supermodels of the 90s or Victoria's Secret's Angels is a rare occasion.


Modelling opens the door to the fashion industry in some ways, so you could become a sales person for a brand you work with a lot or similar.

Thank you comment icon thank u mam Sarumathy
Thank you comment icon thank you so much of thanks mam for advice Sarumathy
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Hermione’s Answer

+1 on Sarah's answer, and the part about making sure the offer is from a reputable agency. When I was a kid I attended a reputable modeling school in Vancouver BC. They were an established business and very professional. I learned a handful of useful skills including being comfortable in front of a camera that helps me give presentations in my job today.

I've also been approached by a guy in a bar hotel that wanted me to model in a bikini for car ad photos. It happens. Regardless of whether the offer was legit, I'd never trust the motives of someone like that, and never be alone with them.

I've spent more time in theater, dance, and film than modeling, but having another career option is always a good idea in an industry that needs one to be young and athletic. For many people these careers can end in one's late 20's. On the other hand, if one's a good fit and lucky, it can be a great side gig.

Hermione recommends the following next steps:

Look up the business online. Look for independent sites that have people posting who have worked with the agency.
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